Big Red

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#1 Jun 8, 2010
Long, long ago there was a great game at the old YMCA called knuckleball. Evidently it was played in a camp around Morehead with croquet balls and Charlie Daniels adapted it to be played with soft balls and duck pins.

Two players stood side by side on the lower end of a sloped table with a divider between the players about 2/3s of the way up. You played with 1, 2, 3, or more balls. The object was to hit the softballs to the other end of the table so that it would boounce back to the opposing table. When you got a ball by the opposing player, you won. People used to stand in line for hours to play this game.

I would like to build my grand kids a knuckleball table but I can't find anyone who remembers the measurements of the table. Do you remember the game, the table, and the measurements approximately? Thanks!!!
Lisa_725

Fredericksburg, VA

#2 Aug 6, 2010
I loved knuckleball as a kid and I want my own table. The website for Camp Morehead give instructions for construction of the table.

www.campmorehead.com/current/knucleball/knuck...

Good luck and have fun with it!!!
Jeff Williams

Signal Mountain, TN

#3 May 13, 2012
Big Red wrote:
Long, long ago there was a great game at the old YMCA called knuckleball. Evidently it was played in a camp around Morehead with croquet balls and Charlie Daniels adapted it to be played with soft balls and duck pins.
Two players stood side by side on the lower end of a sloped table with a divider between the players about 2/3s of the way up. You played with 1, 2, 3, or more balls. The object was to hit the softballs to the other end of the table so that it would boounce back to the opposing table. When you got a ball by the opposing player, you won. People used to stand in line for hours to play this game.
I would like to build my grand kids a knuckleball table but I can't find anyone who remembers the measurements of the table. Do you remember the game, the table, and the measurements approximately? Thanks!!!
Did u ever find out the specs? I am going to build one this Sumer for my community pool
Tim

Raleigh, NC

#4 Jun 11, 2012
Greetings Knuckleball enthusiasts. We have many working tables here at Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer in Arapahoe, NC.

An alumnus of Camp Morehead donated the first table and we have been able to reverse engineer them. We use field hockey balls and duck pins. the game has caught on and the campers love it.

I am planning on writing a blog about them on our camp website www.seagull-seafarer.org
EBRIDGERS

Farmville, NC

#5 Jun 24, 2012
I built one under my house in Nags Head. Like the one at the Y, it's smaller than the ones on the plans but it works great. Kids and adults gather over here a lot, drink beer, and plays "I'll take on the winner!"

Ours uses soft balls and duck pins - found the duckpins on EBay. If you really want to party, get a cornhole game, a ping pong table, a knuckleball table and cook oysters or crabs. People will stay all day (and night too if you let them).

At times, neibors bring food and we have a real goat roping.

I don't have any measurements but if you want to come see and play on it, e-mail me at RBridgers@aol.com.
Hal 1200

Fort Walton Beach, FL

#6 Jul 28, 2012
Lisa,
Unfortunately the website for Camp Morehead no longer exists. I used to have a set of plans I downloaded, but I lost them. If you were smart enough to download a copy of the plans, please respond by sending me an email Hal-on-wheels@cox.net.
Thank you,
Hal
Hillary

Raleigh, NC

#7 Jul 31, 2012
Jeff Williams wrote:
<quoted text>
Did u ever find out the specs? I am going to build one this Sumer for my community pool
If you send me your email i will email you the plans, HB@hillarybost.com
peter sandzen

Greenville, SC

#8 Jul 12, 2013
to those blessed to remember :
long live the memories of pepsi-guzzling capt. purcell.( owner of camp morehead ) i think he owned it.
i was a "kid". this was the most awesome game.
duckpins & skeeballs. i see the table in my dreams.
the"chop","roll over", & when you let the ball drop,but you can hit it back up onto the table.
played w/ 4+ rollers at once. i was 8?
i kicked az ,& was/(still am a runt).
cheers 2 u all !
many memories.
he told me the story about the origin; maybe God will allow me 2 remember.
God bless & much love 2 all - Gb&ml - pete
peter sandzen

Greenville, SC

#9 Jul 12, 2013
Hillary wrote:
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If you send me your email i will email you the plans, HB@hillarybost.com
ms. Bost- if you still have the specs.; i'd like to help keep this amazing game alive.
this may be why God is keeping me around. capt. purcell was a dear friend to this little runt.
sorry to bother you. i will try the person @ camp seagull ?, if i do not hear from you.
all the wild horses on "the survival trip", have been documented over the years.
always worried when it stormed. Gb&ml - pete

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